Simple, beautiful and festive salad made with Quinoa, pomegranate seeds, tangerine segments, and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

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Ummmmm. Are you seeing a pattern here? I’m a teeny-weeny bit obsessed with quinoa. Okay, a lot. I can’t help it! It’s SO! GOOD!

Also, remember when I said that I was keeping all the fresh spinach for my salads? Well, here is the salad, except there’s no spinach in it. I used up the spinach and made my awesome Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza, instead! Far cry from that diet I was talkin’ about. But to counter that drool worthy pizza, I made this Pomegranate and Citrus Quinoa Salad the following day. Balance, people…that’s where it’s at.

Pom Citrus Quinoa Salad Diethood Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette

So this is my new favorite quinoa salad. It is my way of taking my quinoa-obsession up a notch.

How, you ask?

I’ll tell you!

By boiling it in chicken broth instead of water. YEAH! That is some gooooood stuff! I am shouting as if I invented this method, however I had always made my quinoa with water, trying to save me some calories for all the toppings I would add to it, but this time around I really wanted something different, and different is what I got. Different and damn good!

This is my new favorite quinoa recipe and it will be my favorite quinoa recipe until I try my next new favorite quinoa recipe! Besides, this is a lot more exciting than the usual lighter-meals that I eat – cereal, water and berries.

Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette Diethood Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette

OH! And let’s not forget about the dressing! You are going to LOVE it! Cran juice, pom juice, pom seeds… it’s just plain amazing. I drank it straight from the jar then I remembered to add it to our salad. Don’t judge… you’re going to do the same thing. Nevah say nevah!


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Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad and Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette
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Simple, beautiful and festive salad made with Quinoa, pomegranate seeds, tangerine segments, and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
Serves: Serves 2 to 4
For the Dressing
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
For the Salad
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • ½ wedge iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 small tangerines, segmented
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
For the Dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar/cup with a lid; shake well and let stand.
For the Salad
  1. Combine quinoa and broth in a saucepan and bring mixture to a boil.
  2. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes; remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Layer shredded lettuce on a large plate.
  4. Layer cooled quinoa on top of salad.
  5. Add tangerine, avocado and sliced radishes.
  6. Sprinkle feta cheese and pomegranate seeds.
  7. Shake or mix the salad dressing very well and add desired amount to salad.
  8. Serve.
*Refrigerate any remaining salad dressing and leftovers.

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  1. Kim - Liv Life December 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    I LOVE this salad! Three of my favorite ingredients… pom, citrus and quinoa. We are obsessing on pomegranates this season, and I’m certain this will be a hit for my husband. MIght even make the Christmas table!!

  2. Kelvin December 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM - Reply

    Big hit at the company x-mas party, sending them to this page for the recipe.

    • Katerina Petrovska December 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Reply

      Hi Kelvin!
      That is all kinds of awesome!! Very glad you all enjoyed this salad. Thank you SO much for letting me know! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  3. Kirsten December 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM - Reply

    I’m not obsessed with quinoa (that whole unfurled prophylactic thing stops me in my tracks) but this salad looks terrific–I love the colors and flavor combo and of course it uses both radishes from my farm share (occupying space in my fridge) and citrus from the band fruit fundraiser cases in the breakfast nook!
    In such a pretty way.

    • Katerina Petrovska December 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM - Reply

      HI, Kirsten!!! Unfurled prophylactic …. now I need to do some homework. ;-) Hope you’re having a great Sunday! xoxo

  4. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    That dressing sounds amazing and the salad so vibrant with colors and flavors!

  5. mjskit December 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM - Reply

    Now that’s a beautiful salad! Great selection of ingredients and love the addition of the quinoa because it’s a full meal. And you’re right – that dressing is usual and sounds delicious!

  6. Gintare @Gourmantine December 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    Quinoa is too easy to get obsessed with. This is such a beautiful salad and surely delicious too!

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook December 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    This is VERY beautiful, Kate! Love your cranberry & pomegranate based dressing! This is a wonderful salad for a holiday party!

  8. Oge @ healthy food delivery December 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM - Reply

    I eat salads practically everyday and this salad has all my favorite ingredients. Love the beautiful vibrant colors! This will be a go to salad for a while. Thanks Katerina!

  9. Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines December 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    I’m totally joining you on the quinoa bandwagon, my friend. I love the stuff too. I’m not sure if I’ve ever made it with chicken broth instead of water or not, but now I’m going to try. See, you’re ruining my diet too. But, I’ll balance that by putting the quinoa in that salad and making that dressing. Both look amazing.

  10. DessertForTwo December 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM - Reply

    It’s okay that you’re obsessed with quinoa, because we love it too! This salad looks fantastic :)

  11. Laura Dembowski December 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM - Reply

    This has all my favorite ingredients. Quinoa, pomegranate, avocado, tangerines. Love it! I’ve been known to drink salad dressing on occasion :)

  12. Dionne Baldwin December 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    This salad has so many great textures! I know this would be a big hit for me. :-) This will be lunch tomorrow. P. S. – I love avocados!!

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM - Reply

    Gorgeous, I love pom and citrus in winter salads!

  14. Ramona December 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    Very beautiful and healthy salad. :)

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